I am Dr James Smith, a researcher who edits, or an editor who does research.
Scrivener & Smith is where I do both of these things together, and where you can learn more about me. The factors that tie my research, my editing, and my career together are creativity and openness.
A little about me: I received my doctorate in History from the University of Western Australia in 2013, was a research associate at the University of York from 2015-17, and now live in Ireland. My first academic book is Water in Medieval Intellectual Culture: Case-Studies from Twelfth-Century Monasticism (Brepols, 2018). I have also edited a volume entitled The Passenger: Medieval Texts and Transits (punctum books, 2017), and am currently co-editing a themed volume of the Open Library of the Humanities on New Approaches to Medieval Water Studies.
I balance my time between scholarly research and freelance services. Between 2018-20, I will be a Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in Geography at Trinity College Dublin. My research project is entitled ‘Deep Mapping the Spiritual Waterscapes of Ireland’s Lakes: The Case of Lough Derg, Donegal‘. In 2017-18 I was a visiting research fellow at the Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub. See more about my work at Humanities Commons. I was the marketing officer for the Open Library of Humanities (OLH) between February and June 2018, and am now the advocacy coordinator. The OLH is a charitable organisation dedicated to publishing open access scholarship with no author-facing article processing charges (APCs), and funded by an international consortium of libraries.
In addition I have over over six years of editing experience in academic and commercial publishing. Most recently, this has included freelance work as a house editor and advanced editor (online testing) for Thomson Reuters UK.